Colostrum-LD® is naturally gluten-free. Bovine, and all other types of colostrum, by virtue of being a secretion from the mammalian breast does not contain gluten.
Gluten is a combination of proteins found in wheat and similar grains, including barley, rye, oats, spelt, kamut, and triticale. The word gluten comes from the Latin word for "glue" and it's important to the process of making bread. It makes dough elastic, helps it rise and maintain its shape, and gives baked bread a chewy texture. Aside from these grains and grain products, gluten is not present in other foods such as proteins (i.e., meat, eggs, milk, cheese, beans), fats (i.e., butter, oils), vegetables or fruits. A manufacturer may add gluten to these foods and then they are classified as gluten-containing foods.
Gluten allergy or sensitivity is rare, occurring in only 2% of the population. The current wave of gluten fears was brought into the public consciousness primarily by the best-selling book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. Although it's not healthy to eat refined and bleached wheat products, since these simple carbohydrates are readily converted into glucose which is later stored in the body as fat, there is no health crisis when it comes to gluten in foods.
Instead, the 'gluten-free' movement is misguided in its thinking about gluten being the cause of digestive woes. Gluten, dairy, and other food allergies are all symptoms of leaky gut syndrome (LGS), or intestinal permeability. For a multitude of reasons, the lining of the gastrointestinal tract becomes porous, or leaky. This allows undigested food particles, including gluten proteins, other food contaminants and environmental toxins into the bloodstream. This triggers an inflammatory response by the immune system as it reacts to foreign materials that would not otherwise be in the bloodstream. Food elimination diets will not heal LGS it will only reduce symptoms of the allergy. Gluten can also accelerate damage to the G.I. lining. When gluten (with its glue-like properties) coats the villi in the small intestines, it traps pathogens in any infected areas of the bowel, making it more difficult to eliminate them from the body.
Taking Colostrum-LD on a daily basis helps the gut in two major ways. First, its growth factors heal and prevent LGS; Colostrum-LD is the only clinically proven substance to do so. Second, the immunoglobulins and other immune factors help eliminate gut-based pathogens, such that they never build up, only to be trapped by gluten. For people who believe that they have a gluten-sensitivity, a gluten-free diet is advisable in the first 30 days of starting Colostrum-LD. Once the leaky gut has been healed, gluten proteins will no longer cross over from the G.I. tract into the bloodstream.